NY- Predator priest who worked in NYC is jailed
For immediate release: Monday, June 2, 2014
Statement by Mary Caplan of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917 439 4187, firstname.lastname@example.org)
A former Catholic priest who worked in NYC has been sentenced to ten years in prison for abusing dozens of boys in Australia. We are glad this dangerous criminal is behind bars and we urge NY Catholic officials - especially Cardinal Tim Dolan - to aggressively reach out to others the priest has hurt.
Frank Klep prayed on sick and vulnerable children and used his authority as a priest to keep them quiet for decades. We hope his prison sentence gives some comfort to his victims.
In 1987 Klep studied at Fordham University and allegedly helped with masses in the area.
Since this dangerous child molester also spent time in NYC, it is likely he also abused children here. We beg Dolan and other NYC Catholic officials to personally visit every parish where Klep was and beg anyone who saw, suspected, or suffered child sex crimes to come forward, report what they know to secular officials and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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